NEW INCENTIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT & IMPROVEMENT IN DANVILE BOROUGH! In an effort to promote growth and development within the Borough of Danville, the local taxing authorities, (Danville Area School District, the Montour County Commissioners and Danville Borough Council) have united to adopt a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Law.(LERTA). The LERTA law was authorized and established in 1974 by the General Assembly to promote development by exempting newly assessed tax on improvements made to eligible business property or deteriorated property on a sliding scale as designated by the Municipal Governing Body. The 7.43 acre tract of vacant land was a designated brownfield which posed a challenging and costly project. By providing tax relief through the LERTA, the developer is able to invest more monetarily to his project during the build while obtaining a generous time frame to recover his investment once the improvement is complete. To view the ordinance in its entirety, click on the Codes and Zoning page. Individuals interested in applying for eligibility to take advantage of this new law my contact the Borough at 570-275-3091 X 1 during regular business hours.
Danville Borough's Manufacturing District is designated "M-1" in the Borough's Code and is primarily situated within the eastern half of town. It is roughly bordered by Wall Street to the east, East Market Street to the south, Groves Court to the west, and Van Kirk Street to the north.
The district houses the Iron Town Commerce Center, ISS Solutions, GTI, Metso Minerals, Strong Industries, Structure Manufacturing Works, the Washington Fire & Hose Company, and many other businesses.
Available Manufacturing Space
Iron Town Commerce Center - East Market & Railroad Streets
MBC Development, L.P. is actively marketing the remaining available space at the Iron Town Commerce Center. This totals 20,000 subdividable square feet of industrial/warehouse space with a ceiling height of 26 feet as well as 5 acres of outside storage/parking. The lease price is $2.96 NNN. More information is available at mbcdevelopment.com.
Area Economic Development Organizations
Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development
The Columbia-Montour Partnership for Community Development is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation that represents nearly 600 businesses including Geisinger Health System, PPL, Bloomsburg University, Autoneum, Berwick Hospital Center, and a number of financial institutions. An operational partnership between the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, the Partnership was established as a way to more efficiently operate through a unified staff, reduce organizational duplication, consolidate resources, increase political clout, and allow for greater critical mass when developing programs, events, and marketing opportunities for businesses.
Danville Business Alliance
The Danville Business Alliance (DBA) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt member-based organization representing nearly 100 area businesses that focuses on promoting the revitalization of and reinvestment in downtown Danville, historical and architectural preservation, and promotion of the arts in the community.
In 2015, the Commissioners of Columbia and Montour Counties jointly announced the formation of DRIVE, an economic development council of governments serving the greater Columbia/Montour region. In addition to each individual county, participating entities that have made five-year financial pledges include the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth, the Greater Danville Area Industrial Development Corp, the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority, the Montour County Industrial Development Authority, two banks, and one electric utility company. The overriding mission of DRIVE is to guide and promote sustainable economic development in the greater Columbia and Montour County region of Pennsylvania.
Greater Danville Area Industrial Development Corp
The Greater Danville Industrial Development Corp (GDAIDC) is a private, non-profit industrial development entity that has develped two business parks on Woodbine Lane in Mahoning Township resulting in the retention and creation of over 1,700 jobs. GDAIDC aims to become a force for positive regional economic development by working with existing businesses and facilitating the location of new companies to the area. In 2015, GDAIDC became a founding partner of DRIVE.
Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone
The Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone (GSKIZ) is a partnership that manages four KIZ sub-zones in Bloomsburg, Danville, Lewisburg/Montandon, and Selinsgrove.
Keystone Opportunity Zone
The Keystone Opportunity Zone Program encourages the reuse of a community's abandoned, unused, and underutilized land and buildings into productive business districts and residential areas. Through credits, waivers, and broad-based tax abatements, total taxes on economic activity in KOZs are significantly reduced. Danville Broough's Keystone Opportunity Zone covers 6 acres at the Metso Minerals property and 14.58 acres at the Iron Town Commerce Center property.